Now that I’m fully immersed in my new job (!) I’m truly cherishing my weekends by slowing down. Filling my days with good food, conversation and books has always been important to my wellbeing, but increasingly so as I get older.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve experienced the Sunday Blues – you know that feeling of dread when you know your weekend’s coming to a close and you’ll have to wear pants for the following five days (which actually isn’t so bad after all!) In an attempt to combat the blues, I’ve structured my weekends in such a way that make them equal parts fun and relaxing. I’m quite ritualistic by nature and love reading and hearing about other people’s daily routines. I thought I’d share my routine with you and would love to hear yours as well!
7:00 am. While I usually try to sleep in on Sundays, my body clock is pre-programmed to waking up around 6:00 or 6:30.
7:30 am. After staying in bed for as long as possible (it’s Sunday after all), I try to get my body moving. I’ve been trialling different gyms, but on weekends I usually stick to 5-10km runs around my neighbourhood.
8:30 am. It’s time for coffee. My Sunday morning never feels complete without a cup of liquid gold. While drinking coffee, I scroll through Instagram and read the news on Twitter.
9:00 am. Nick and I check to see how many bookings we have for Radler Tours that day. Yesterday, we had six lovely locals join us for a tour.
9:30 am. By this point, I’m pretty hungry. I’ll either make eggs or avocado on toast or visit one of my favourite cafés or markets. If I’m at the market, I’ll pick up a fresh loaf of bread, some produce and cheese.
11:00 am. If the weather’s nice, I love spending a couple hours at the beach. In the colder months, I love perusing flower shops and flower markets. I used to work at a florist back in Saskatchewan and have always found inspiration in a beautiful bouquet.
1:00 pm. Time to kick off Radler Tours from Cathedral Square in Christchurch. Nick leads the tours and I take photos and videos to share on our website, social channels and sometimes for local publications.
4:00 pm. At this point, we’ve wrapped up tours for the day and we’re likely having a pint at our favourite local watering hole, Smash Palace. It’s one of the coolest bars I’ve ever been to.
5:30 pm. It’s time to think about dinner. We usually cook together as a flat and my flatmates are pretty amazing cooks. (I’m still working on it!)
7:30 pm. After dinner, it’s time to wind down. I like to settle in with a good book or magazine. Lately I’ve been loving Pablo Coelho’s The Alchemist. I often spend Sunday evenings painting my nails.
8:30 pm. By now, I’m likely curled up in bed with a hot cup of camomile tea. I usually turn in pretty early on Sunday evenings to mentally prepare myself for the week ahead.